When you have trouble sleeping, or often feel tired during the day, you could be experiencing the impacts of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). To offer relief and a good night’s rest, we have a treatment option that doesn’t require the use of a CPAP machine. In today’s blog, your Austin, MN, dentists discuss our custom sleep appliances.
The Causes and Warning Signs of Sleep Apnea
OSA is a disorder that impacts millions of people in the United States. The disorder essentially means that as you sleep, the soft tissues in the mouth and throat become too relaxed and collapse. This collapse blocks airflow, so you stop breathing until the brain wakes you to resume. You may not remember waking, but this could happen hundreds of times every night, interrupting your sleep cycle to leave you feeling exhausted. Warning signs include chronic snoring, headaches, dry mouth, moodiness, daytime drowsiness, and trouble staying focused on your tasks at work or school. If one or more of these warning signs sounds familiar, then contact our team right away!
Treatment with an Oral Appliance
A CPAP machine is a mask worn over the nose and mouth, which is then connected to a loud machine with a plastic hose. The machine pumps air to keep you breathing without interruption, but is often loud, cumbersome, and annoying to users. Which is why we’ve found an oral appliance to be much more effective.
We take detailed images and impressions of your smile with digital scanning technology. We use them to design and custom-fit an appliance that is worn as you sleep. The device looks similar to a mouthguard, and moves the jaw forward to prevent the collapse of soft tissues. You then breathe without interruption and enjoy better quality of life! All with a comfortable and simple oral appliance.
We urge you to seek treatment if you experience one or more of the symptoms we looked at in today’s blog. Unless treated, sleep apnea could eventually strain your immune system, so more frequent illness is likely. The disorder is also linked to higher blood pressure and heart disease, as well as a greater risk of stroke and heart attack due to the strain on your cardiovascular system. If you have any questions about how we treat OSA and stop snoring, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to help you enjoy your rest!
Talk To Our Austin, MN Dentist’s Office About Sleep Solutions
Potach And Mitchell Dental Clinic wants to help you enjoy a better night’s rest with our custom oral appliance therapy. To find out more about how we treat OSA, then contact your Austin, MN, dentists, Dr. Potach and Mitchell, by calling 507-437-6312.